Command Sergeant Major Artez Lamar
Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army (Retired)
Mr. Lamar was a retired United States Army Command Sergeant Major. A native of Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Lamar entered the Army on 1 April 1979 and attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he earned the military occupational specialty 13B, Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember.
Mr. Lamar served 30 years of Active Military Service and held every Leadership Position from Section Chief, to Command Sergeant Major. His overseas assignments include three tours in Hawaii. His conus assignments include Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Benning, Georgia; and Fort Bliss, Texas. He deployed to Iraq as the 6th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Command Sergeant Major in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Mr. Lamar’s Military Education includes all level of the Noncommissioned Professional Development system through the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy, Class 51 (2000-2001), The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, First Sergeant Course, Drill Sergeant School, Instructor Training Course, and Small Group Instructor Training Course. Mr. Lamar Civilian Education Includes a Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership from Park University; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Park University; and an Associate of Liberal Arts and Sciences from Excelsior College. He was a Certified Coach, Teacher Trainer, and Speaker through the John Maxwell Team.
Mr. Lamar’s Awards and Decoration include the Bronze Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Arm Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Airborne, and Air Assault Badges, and the Field Artillery Order of Saint Barbara. Mr. Artez Lamar is survived by his son, Artez Lamar II., His Mother Rozzie Lamar, and his sisters Beverly P. Maree, Saboria Lamar-Napoleon, and Yolanda Evans.
Mr. Lamar commenced his contribution to the Noncommissioned Officer Leadership Center of Excellent (NCOLCoE) and the Sergeant Major Academy (SGM-A) by providing the Army with adaptive Senior Enlisted Noncommissioned Officers on 1 August 2004. He began as a Faculty Advisor in the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy (USASMA) Leadership Division for Class 55, 56, and 57 where he mentored and focused on providing the Army with over 240 agile and adaptive senior enlisted leaders. He served in the role of a Faculty Advisor with distinguished honor until 1 May 2007 when he transferred to the First Sergeants Course (FSC). He served as the Bravo Company, Chief of the First Sergeant Course from 1 June 2007 - 1 June 2008 where he was responsible for ensuring the faculty delivered a world-class curriculum in the resident and virtual course thru video-teleconference (VTC) to Sergeants First Class (SFC) and First Sergeants (1SG) across the entire Army. After serving as the FSC Chief, he was assigned as the Staff and Faculty Special Project Advisor to provide class 58 mentorship from 1 August 2008 - 1 January 2009. From March 2009 – March 2010 he served as the project lead for All Global Source (AGS) Management for the Interactive Multimedia Instruction (IMI) Division in USASMA where he led a world-class team to develop Structured Self Development that helped advance the premier professional military education (PME) into the 21st century.
He was the vice-president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter where he provided mentorship to the youth of El Paso, Texas. Mr. Lamar rejoined the SGM-A in 2018 and was an integral part of the Department of Command Leadership (DCL) Faculty, and had served in multiple roles across the SGM-A. He made a significant improvement to Legacy Resident Course Delivery methods into the seamless execution of the program through synchronous, virtual learning and teaching. In March of 2020, Mr. Lamar converted curriculum delivery from the traditional face to face classroom to the virtual collaborative learning environment. He ensured no degradation to the community of inquiry framework of learning due to the loss of physical presences ascribed to virtual learning. Mr. Lamar’s seamless transition to enhance the learning environment for student and faculty, coupled with his teaching presence, provided a fulfilling learning environment for the students in his classroom.
Throughout his nearly 15-year tenure with USASMA and NCOLCoE, Mr. Lamar’s work in guiding students and colleagues are the most noteworthy of his accolades. His work with multiple civic organizations made a lasting impact on immeasurable people and embodied the “People First” campaign.